A few brushstrokes by sculptor Kanayi Kunhiraman on a white canvas were enough to bring out vividly the emotions shared by the whole country in the wake of the brutal gang-rape of a girl in Delhi recently.
Nearly 30 artists who had gathered at the Museum auditorium in the city on Friday followed Mr. Kunhiraman to take up their brush at a painting workshop organised by the All India Mahila Samskarika Sanghatana.
For this group of artists, the language of art was their way of expressing concern about the state of security and safety of women in the country.
The three-day painting workshop is being held in connection with the upcoming third All India Women’s Meet at Putharikandam Maidan at East Fort here from January 29 to 31.
Inaugurating the three-day camp, Mr. Kunhiraman said society had always failed to recognise the power and importance of women.
“What importance are we giving to the women in this country? We still have a patriarchal society that neglects the power of womanhood and fails to recognise their strength,” he said.
On the rising number of atrocities against women and children, he said people themselves were responsible for the situation that the country faced.
“Learning should have started from home. The education system in the country has failed to teach children about social values and culture. This system has to be stopped, and replaced with a system that is more adaptable to our lifestyle and culture, which support arts and creative endeavours,” Mr. Kunhiraman said.
The camp, attended by various artists from the district, will focus on the status of women in the country.
Artist G. Sunil said people in the State were out of touch with their creative side, and had forgotten the language of art.
Artist M.S. Bindu was saddened by the sorry state of women’s affairs in the State even though it boasted 100 per cent literacy.
For painter Neyyattinkara Vijayan, such camps were not only a platform for interaction with other artists but also a venue to be part of a collective community working to create awareness among people of various social issues.
The paintings from the camp will be displayed along with other important works at the painting exhibition ‘Sthree Sakthi’ to be held in connection with the upcoming women’s meet.